Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-3940
Title: Exploration of teaching preferences of instructors' use of social media
Authors : Kilis, Selcan
Gülbahar, Yasemin
Rapp, Christian
Published in : European journal of open and distance learning
Volume(Issue) : 19
Issue : 1
Publisher / Ed. Institution : De Gruyter
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Social media; Social media in education; Teaching preference
Subject (DDC) : 378: Higher education
Abstract: With the excessive use of social media in the 21st century, attempts to integrate social media within higher education have also increased. In this area, research has been particularly focused on the aspects of students, rather than the instructors. This study puts the emphasis on the instructors with the aim to explore their use of social media in educational settings. Their respective teaching preferences were explored, from a pedagogical perspective, with the help of a Social Media Toolkit. The toolkit was developed to guide instructors that want to integrate social media in their teaching. This study was designed as a descriptive study and quantitative data was collected from 583 instructors from 39 countries. The participants responded to four main questions in an online environment. Results revealed that instructors mostly prefer to teach their subject at the applying and understanding levels. They frequently use text-based materials and design their courses as problem-based or on a presentation model. They mostly prefer to assess students using alternative methods based on their performance, like portfolios, group works, etc. whilst classical methods were also preferred. Overall findings indicated that any instructor from any discipline or culture can transform courses onto a social media platform thanks to many different and varied features provided by social media tools.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (ZID)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1515/eurodl-2016-0001
10.21256/zhaw-3940
ISSN: 1027-5207
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/9494
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